The inventor, Rudolf Diesel was born on the 18th March 1858 in Paris, France and studied mechanical engineering at the Technische Hochschule in Munich, Germany. There he got the idea to construct a thermal engine with a high efficiency. From 1893 to 1897 he developed the Diesel engine we know today in the machine factory F. Krupp in Augsburg, Germany.
He built the first low-power Diesel engine as well as Diesel engines for lorries and locomotives. In 1907 he founded a company for thermo-locomotives. In 1913 he tested the first Diesel-powered locomotive with 1000 horse powers in the Preussische federal Railway system in Germany.